Bahrain transfers hunger striker to prison clinic

Published April 4, 2012 9:36AM (EDT)

MANAMA, Bahrain, (AP) — Bahrain authorities say an imprisoned human rights activist who has been on a hunger strike for more than 50 days has been moved to a prison clinic "for constant medical observation and care."

A government statement on Wednesday says activist Abdulhadi al-Khawaja was moved to the clinic on Tuesday.

Al-Khawaja, who is also a Danish citizen, is serving a life sentence for his role in last year's uprising in the Gulf kingdom.

On Tuesday, the Danish government said it has been "exerting maximum efforts" to have al-Khawaja sent to Denmark for medical treatment.

Al-Khawaja has been refusing food since Feb. 8.

Amnesty International has urged Bahrain to free him because of fears he could die.

By Salon Staff

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